Denver Broncos: Analyzing the impact of each draft pick
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Noah Fant will get all the praise, but Dalton Risner may be the most impactful offensive piece in the entire draft for the Broncos.
Risner is a road grader and physical specimen capable of playing multiple positions. The flexibility to be a guard, tackle, and center is something Denver has prided itself on in finding offensive line talent.
The loss of Matt Paradis is a huge one, but Connor McGovern protected well in two huge wins against Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. This means McGovern is starting center leaving Risner at right or left guard. If there’s one abundantly clear point it’s that the offensive line has lacked consistency and lasting confidence all season long.
Risner should help the running game immensely, clearing holes for Royce Freeman, Phillip Lindsay, and Devontae Booker. Not to mention his pass protection is solid. It is not terrible, but it is often overlooked. He is a true physical presence who provides a nasty streak. This gives the team the confidence to get the job done on both sides of the line.